How to Wash and Soak Rice

When rice is bought in bulk or in sacks, it must be picked and cleaned of small pieces of stones and other foreign particles.

  1. To wash rice, put it in a large bowl with plenty of cold water.
  2. Run fingers through the grains gently, then tip the bowl and pour off most of the milky water.
  3. Repeat this until the water is clear.
  4. Soak basmati rice in cold water for 30 minutes.
  5. Soak other kinds of long-grain or short-grain rice in hot water mixed with salt (½ tablespoon to 1 quart water) for at least 1 hour.
  6. Drain 20 minutes.

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